Main Sewer under House Garage

1 May 2008
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I have just seen the HIPS details of property which my friend intends to purchase.

The house, built 20-30 yrs ago, appears to have the main sewer (according to the sewer map) running under the property.

The map shows the original development of approx 30 houses where this sewer runs to the side of other properties in the area. I suspect the sewer was originally there from the housing build done years earlier.

A main sewer under a house/garage. Is this acceptable practice?

Any comments please.

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So long as the sewer has been adequately bridged and does not collapse then it seems fine to me.

Is it a public sewer or privately owned?

Is there any physical evidence the drain exists where the drawings state?
Sorry, don't know about the sewer being Public or Private. All I can say is the sewer (on the map) runs from 6 houses along their back gardens but under the house/garage in question.

Regarding the physical location of the pipe. As my friend only viewed the property and received the HIPs 2 days ago. I think it will need looking into via the Solicitor and Survey.


Edited: Sewer is Public
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Not uncommon to have a sewer run under a garage (under the house is pretty rare).. my neighbour has his garage over the main run for our little close..

Bear in mind, if the run does block up then the chances are someone will need to access the manhole/s on the property.. so next time hes there get him to lift the manholes and check the quality of the runs..

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